August 16, 2005 11:37 AM   Subscribe

Get ready for 'weathertainment.' Basic cable standby The Weather Channel is changing its lineup, adding among other things, a morning show and "The Weather Channel Top Ten." Too fluff for your tastes? Check out Weather USA and Rising Slowly for your meteorological needs.
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire (18 comments total)
I'm kinda partial to The Weather Underground myself, if only for the nostalgic name...
posted by alumshubby at 12:45 PM on August 16, 2005

Does this mean more worthless shows about Tornadoes?
posted by madajb at 12:46 PM on August 16, 2005

Google cache of linked article for registration free reading.
posted by ?! at 1:09 PM on August 16, 2005

One of the (very few) good things about Cablevision is Metro Traffic and Weather. It's just a two minute loop of just that - local weather and traffic, even if it does have local ads between the loops. Weather Channel has become Weather Porn.
posted by redfisch at 1:10 PM on August 16, 2005

Looks like the new logo is already online at
posted by Sharktattoo at 1:25 PM on August 16, 2005

Ya know, some people watched The Weather Channel to, you know, get a weather report and move on with their lives.

Of course that was before everybody and their pets had access to the internet.
posted by ilsa at 2:00 PM on August 16, 2005

I will only be satisfied if the Weather Channel hires Mark Mathis, crazy weatherman.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 3:07 PM on August 16, 2005

omg, that dude has some cajones, i love it.
not like that.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 3:46 PM on August 16, 2005

What an ugly, non-functional logo.

What's the point of throwing out all that brand recognition they've gained over the years to come up with something that make me think of Nationwide insurance?

I weep for my profession (television graphic design).
posted by jpburns at 4:43 PM on August 16, 2005

Coming soon to FNC: "The Jim Cantore Factor - The No Mesocyclone Zone"
posted by Jazznoisehere at 5:42 PM on August 16, 2005

The No Mesocyclone Zone

posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 7:36 PM on August 16, 2005

Sigh. Mission Creep keeps ruining every channel I watch. The Travel Channel tonight is showing something about concept cars, repeatedly stating that you'll never be able to drive hardly any of these. What does that have to do with travel? TVLand is debuting a game show. The International Film Channel already has one. Heck, Court TV already has one! American Movie Classics went from showing "Badlands" to "Robocop." The Learning Channel has become "TLC," effectively a reality show network. And when can you actually see music videos on MTV or VH1 these days? Even MTV2 and VH1 Classic are heading in that direction. And don't even get me started on what happened to VH1 Mega Hits!

Damn, but that signifier/signified slippage drives me crazy sometimes!
posted by kimota at 7:54 PM on August 16, 2005

What a horrible logo...if you can call it that
posted by damnitkage at 8:13 PM on August 16, 2005

I'm sorry to hear this. Back in the 80's, I loved the Weather Channel. I actually learned how to look at a weather map and forecast for myself, thanks to them.

I dimly remember they had gotten far less instructional in the late 90's. Part of that interval I spent in southern California, where watching weather forecasts was just plain silly most of the time.
posted by Goofyy at 9:30 PM on August 16, 2005

American Movie Classics went from showing "Badlands" to "Robocop."

Hey, now.

Robocop is an American movie classic.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 9:31 PM on August 16, 2005

The Learning Channel has become "TLC,"

You mean The Trading Spaces Channel?
posted by mrbill at 9:26 AM on August 17, 2005

Civil_Disobedient: okay, then substitute "Halloween III" instead. Does that work? (To be honest, when they did that, I was grateful since I hadn't ever seen that one.) But still, it's the principle of the thing, dangit!
posted by kimota at 7:46 PM on August 17, 2005

But still, it's the principle of the thing, dangit!

Ha... yeah, I'm with you. And I still haven't seen H3, but then, I don't have cable. You don't have to fret about mission creep when you d/l all your movies and television shows.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 7:02 AM on August 18, 2005

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